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Valentine's Day in Brisbane

The pressure is on. It’s that time of year again, February 14, when you’re expected to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day. We know the majority of you won't have made a booking or made other plans just yet, but we don't judge. Instead, we've constructed this helpful guide to point you in the right direction. Whether it's a fancy dinner for two, a sunset picnic by the river or a classic movie under the stars, all of these Valentine's date ideas will be sure to impress your significant other.

Dinner dates

Brisbane City

Donna Chang

Modern Chinese restaurant Donna Chang is fitted within a 1920s-era bank in the city centre with a luxe interior like no other in Brisbane. Dine on an extensive Chinese Valentine's Day banquet including scallop & prawn wontons, roasted wagyu scotch, Donna Chang's special fried rice and much more. 

What:Three-course banquet (sittings from 6pm & 8:30pm)
Cost: $88pp (add wines for $50)

Otto

OTTO Brisbane

Located four storeys up in 480 Queen Street with panoramic views overlooking the river and the Story Bridge, Otto is dishing out Italian cuisine inspired by southern Italy. Feel the love as you dine on Hervey Bay scallops, spaghettini with champagne lobster and chocolate and cherry creme caramel.

What: Three-course set menu with optional additions
Cost: $300 per couple

Patina

Dine along the river at Brisbane's iconic heritage-listed building Customs House. Enjoy fresh seasonal produce and local seafood that is sourced daily, along with mushrooms that are grown in an on-site cellar. 

What: Three-course menu
Cost: $105pp

Stanley

Howard Smith Wharves' newest eatery is putting on a Cantonese Valentine's Day banquet like no other. Expect the likes of crispy pork belly, Moreton Bay Bug "Lo Mein", the signature steamed dim sum platter and much more served alongside romantic river views.

What: Banquet for two
Cost: $108pp

Rico Bar & Dining

They say it's a 'three-course set menu,' but what they really mean is you'll be treated to four-courses including a starter, entree, main + sides and dessert – what a treat. All of this and a divine setting by the river? Yes please. 

What: Three-course set menu (seatings at 5:30pm or 8pm)
Cost: $65-$75pp

Three Blue Ducks

Paddock-to-plate dining meets our laid-back Queensland attitude at Three Blue Ducks' Brisbane location. Enjoy four-courses of their signature dishes from BBQ octopus and kangaroo tataki to roasted porchetta and the market fish with creamed corn and fermented chilli – now that's amore.

What: Four-course menu
Cost: $140pp (add matched wines for $80pp)

Alchemy

Picture this: stunning, uninterrupted views of the Story Bridge and the Brisbane River while enjoying a European-inspired degustation – that's what you could be enjoying this Valentine's Day. 

What: Four-course degustation
Cost: $110

Sake

Sake

Spoil the one you love with contemporary Japanese by the water at Eagle Street Pier – because what says love more than 24k gold tuna? 

What: Specially curated seven-course Valentine's menu
Cost: $119pp

Blackbird Bar & Grill

Blackbird places its focus on sustainability, using locally-sourced seasonal produce in both sweet and savoury dishes. Meat is the centre here, though, cooked on a specially-imported Infierno 96 woodfire grill. In other words, order the steak. 

What: Three-course menu
Cost: $90pp (add matched wines for $40pp)

South Bank

Signature

Treat them to something truly special this Valentine's Day with a deluxe tasting menu and matched wines at Signature. Executive Chefs Chris & Alex Norman have curated a menu featuring seasonal Australian produce to serve a multi-course feast including Tropical Rock Lobster, Brisbane Valley Quail and Black Savourine Goats Cheese. 

What: Seven-course tasting menu with paired wines
Cost: $199pp

Chu The Phat

Chu the Phat is a massive multi-tier restaurant with hip interior styling and an Asian fusion street food menu. Their three-course banquet will have you devouring traditional menu items including steamed duck buns, smoked trout dumplings, black Angus eye fillet stir-fried w black fungus & garlic shoots, and cooked red spatchcock with a drink on arrival. 

What: Three-course banquet
Cost: $70pp

Popolo

They say that Italian is the language of love, so what better way to spend Valentine's Day than with a big bowl of pasta and other Italian favourites. Not only does Popolo more than deliver on authentic Italian flavour, but with sweeping views of the river and city too, it’s a firm favourite. 

What: Three-course menu
Cost: $85pp

Nostimo

Share the love by sharing a big Greek feast because Nostimo is not skimping on the menu. Champagne on arrival, five starters to share, Sovereign Hill lamb and slow-roasted potatoes to follow, and finishing with a caramel baklava ice cream means you're getting delicious food and bang for your buck. 

What: Nostimo banquet with champagne on arrival
Cost: $60pp

Fortitude Valley

Mosconi

Enjoy a night of crisp wines, good food and your favourite person at European-inspired Mosconi. This 60-seat Italian restaurant sits just off James Street, allowing for a luxe but relaxed dining within an intimate interior. 

What: Three-course menu with a glass of champagne on arrival
Cost: $130pp

Za Za Ta

Encounter the exotic at Za Za Ta with a sumptuous banquet of appetisers, entrees, main and dessert. Your partner will be truly delighted by a menu of fried goat's cheese pretzel, charcoal rainbow trout, black Onyx tri-tip, shmaltz potato and bubbles on arrival – and that's not even all of it! Come hungry. 

What: Four-course banquet with bubbles
Cost: $99pp

Restaurant Dan Arnold

Here you are invited on a culinary journey of Australian flavours and techniques. Prepare for Experience #5, which includes five-courses showcasing local Australian produce, bread + butter and amuse-bouches. 

What: Five-course degustation menu 
Cost: $110pp (add matched wines for $70pp or $140pp)

Elsewhere

One Fish Two Fish, Kangaroo Point

Forget Valentine's Day, think Valentine's weekend! It's going to be a full weekend of love at One Fish Two Fish as they serve up what everyone dreams of eating on this romance-filled day – Moreton Bay bug. It's five-courses of bug prepared in unique and delicate ways, followed by dessert and accompanied by a glass of prosecco or Balter IPA. 

What: five-course Moreton Bay bug menu
Cost: $89pp

Moda, Petrie Terrace

Featuring a contemporary tapas menu, Moda is a blend of French, Catalan and Italian influences. Start with various entremeses, then three mains and chocolate dessert tapas to finish. 

What: Three-course shared menu
Cost: $79pp

Unique date ideas

I Heart Brownies, Brisbane City & Bowen Hills

These heart-shaped treats are made from scratch with whole-food alternatives featuring proudly grown Queensland sugar canes. The perfect little Valentine's gift for someone who wants nothing. 

Moonlight Cinema, Roma Street Parklands

Moonlight Cinema

Patrick Swayze, a picnic under the stars and someone special – can you think of a better way to spend your romantic evening? Add on food truck nosh and a glass of wine to really make your night special. 

Staycation

Valentine's is a Friday! So why not take advantage of an overnight stay at one of Brisbane's many hotels. Treat yourselves to some quality R&R, an epic shopping trip, convenient inner-city location, or just use the fancy hotel spa and pool. Here's our guide to all of the accommodation options in Brisbane.

Cork & Chroma, South Bank & West End

Wine makes everything more fun, and painting is no exception. Try Cork and Chroma’s paint and sip sessions and come away with your own unique piece of art.

Noosa Chocolate Factory, Brisbane City

Noosa Chocolate Factory

You have not lived if you haven't tried Noosa Chocolate Factory's decadent chocolate or rocky road. So, instead of just your run-of-the-mill chocolate this Valentine's Day, treat yourself or someone special to a little chocolate heart from their Brisbane City store – regular brands won't taste the same ever again.

Story Bridge Adventure Climb, Kangaroo Point

For a super-cute and exhilarating date, ascend the Story Bridge to experience awe-inspiring 360 degree views of Brisbane City, the river, mountain ranges and Moreton Bay Islands with a Story Bridge Adventure Climb.

Picnic

Pack up a picnic and roll out the blanket at one of Brisbane's most scenic spots. Assuming you'll be vying for a quality sunset, check out the best spots to watch the sunset in Brisbane.

The Cheese Pleaser, Brisbane City

Fact. A way to a women's heart is cheese. Don't try to defy us on this one and instead grab international and locally made cheese and deli goods for your Valentine's picnic from The Cheese Pleaser.

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